TheUltimate Windshield Buyer’s Guide For The Polaris RZR
From SuperATV and EMP to Ryfab, Koplin, and Tusk, the options for aftermarket Polaris RZR windshields are numerous to say the least. And the manufacturer you choose for your RZR windshield is just the beginning. With half windshields, full windshields, flip-up windshields, tip-out windshields and the choice between glass, poly, or plexiglass for each, making a decision on an RZR windshield can be quite daunting. Luckily for you, our decades of experience in the powersports industry -- and with the Polaris RZR in particular -- places us in the perfect position to shed some light on the subject. If you’re struggling with your research into Polaris RZR windshields, you’ve come to the right place. So without further ado, here is our analysis of the best aftermarket windshield alternatives for the Polaris RZR.
Half RZR Windshields
In many people’s opinion, half windshields on UTVs are a waste of money. But like the half windows about which they’re formulating this view, it is only half right. Half windows are definitely not the best when it’s raining or cold outside. Furthermore, if you aren’t running a rear window on your RZR, the effectiveness of half windshields to block dust is diminished. However, unlike their flip-down counterparts, true half windshields are designed with a lip on the top to deflect wind, dust, and rain. For summertime riding or in warmer areas, half windshields are perfect.
We know several RZR owners that run two windshields -- a half windshield in the summer, then a full windshield in the winter. A popular combination is the RyFab full glass vented windshield for cooler weather and Rogue Powersports’ RZR windscreen for when things warm up. Because these windshields are designed with “Lock & Ride” technology, they are incredibly easy to both install and take off.
Flip-Up RZR Windshields
A lot of the staunch full-glass RZR windshield advocates we’ve talked to say that if you don’t do glass, then the next best option is a flip-up windshield. A friend of the site swears by flip-up windshields, stating that they are his favorite out of the three he owns. The EMP flip-up windshield is a great option for those with a limited budget, and the Super ATV flip-up also comes highly recommended. Although glass flip-ups are more expensive, many riders prefer glass as it provides a better barrier against the elements.
Fold-Down RZR Windshields
Some people aren’t fans of fold-down or tip-out windshields, Yet others swear by them. The Polaris fold-down windshield, for instance, has received a lot of praise from RZR owners. It can be closed, vented, or fully opened depending on the conditions, allowing for the optimal amount of airflow and circulation when driving. Similarly, Koplin’s flip-out RZR windshield can also be adjusted to either promote or restrict the flow of air into and out of the cab.
Vented Glass RZR Windshields
Having only hit the UTV scene in the last couple of years, vented glass RZR windshields have taken the space by storm. Glass RZR windshields with the flip-up vent at the bottom allows for a nice breeze while sealing when appropriate to keep out hot/cold air, mud, and rainwater. And because most windshields in this category are made with high-strength, tempered, glass, they are extremely strong and nearly impervious to scratches and cracks.
Another benefit of vented glass RZR windshields is that they prevent the window from fogging up -- especially if you run a full enclosure -- during those colder days of riding. But despite all the pros, there are also a few cons to running a vented glass windshield on your RZR. For instance, some riders dislike the amount of airflow that the vents provide. Especially during hot summer days, the vents are simply too small to give the airflow of a half windshield, fold-down windshield, or flip-up windshield. Further, if you run a lot of mud, you’re most likely going to need a windshield wiper with washing functionality to maintain proper visibility.
Plastic Vs. Glass RZR Windshields
Despite advancements in composites and polymer materials, most of the feedback we’ve received over the years tells us that glass windshields are less prone to scratching. This may not be the case in all circumstances, but on average, glass tends to be more transparent and stay that way for longer. So if you have the extra money, many people would suggest getting a glass windshield as you won’t have to worry about scratches from mud, sticks, or sand. But even the best of glass windshields can break, and because poly and plexi windshields are far cheaper, it may be the case that getting one every half decade or so could still be cheaper than a glass windshield.